jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 6, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2006 Rating #1 Bottle (6 3 6 3 13). Golden color with basically no head. Malts with plenty of hops but rather plain. No real kick. Maybe an East v. West thing. Rating #2 Bottle (rating from August 2005 notes) (6 3 7 3 14). Subtle hazed amber color with a laced tan head. More hoppy than malts but maybe a little light in body. A nice smooth bitter finish with a touch of fruit and grass.
morebier4me (140) - New York, USA - JAN 6, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I sleeper of an IPA.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 A dark apple juice in color with a thin lathering top..the aroma was a hoppy, musty, applyish, sugary, malty mess..the flavor had tangy hops and was citrusy with a thin malt backing..some lemon rind came through too..the mouthfeel was spritsy & citrusy and not sticky at all..it was semi-full bodied with the malt thickening as it warmed..seems similiar to anchor liberty yet not as zesty..
freekyp (1449) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2013 The Ringwood yeast plays an important role here. This IPA is heavily bitter with a floral/apricot aroma. A solid malt underpinning keeps the prominent hoppiness in check. Weak head but decent lacing. The bitter hop character wins out in the end leaving a long lingering finish. A slight metallic tartness lends a bracing component that just might be the beginnings of spoilage.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - DEC 5, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hops, yeast and apricots in the nose. Hazy orange color and a low head. A good mix of fruit (apricots) and hops, though not overly bitter. Creamy mouth feel.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A slightly hazy orange/amber. Quickly diminishing head. Wonderful nose of citric, grassy hops. Medium bodied, nice earthy malt complexities on the backend, hints of fruitiness with an almost numbing hop bite. Nice IPA.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 2, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty hoppy, and readily available. I think every packie around carries this stuff. Probably one of the better IPAs coming out of upper New England....thatI know of. Complex enough to keep you interested, and hoppy enough to keep you wanting more. Great packaging, too.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 14, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden copper color. Nose of sweet flowers, some light pine accent. Frothy pale yelllow white head, slowly diminishing. Sweet malts first, light to medium bodied, lively carbonation, long bittter wuenching finish. Enjoyable, one of MH’s better brews.
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 10, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
mribm (445) - Hurley, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not as hoppy as I expected. Otherwise this was a good beer.
This beer poured with a small head and had a little lacing. It was cloudy orange in color and had a slight orangy-hop smell to it. The taste was slightly hoppy, but as I said before, not quite what I expect from an IPA. This is more of a pale ale to me.